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Elegant Bread Pudding Recipe

At holiday potlucks, our whole family looks forward to my sister-in-law bringing this best-of-the-season dessert. The scrumptious caramel sauce is a unique touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 10 cups cubed croissants or French bread
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 1. Arrange bread cubes evenly in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with raisins. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, half-and-half cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel; pour over bread. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 2. For sauce, in a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and whipping cream; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve bread pudding in bowls with caramel sauce and whipped cream if desired. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 377 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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clarkson User ID: 1520548 257667
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"Made this for a Christmas potluck one year and have been getting requests to bring it ever since! Very elegant indeed."

baknfool User ID: 577380 19763
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"I recently made this and substituted half & half with vanilla creamer and used dried cranberries and chopped walnuts. It was a hit! Next time I may try another dried fruit!


LindaInAZ User ID: 1323926 19760
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"I don't normally keep whipping cream in my 'pantry'. Is there anything that I can use instead of the whipping cream?"

diana_60_tn User ID: 1736159 49172
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2008

"Copied, will be making this tomorrow. Thanks...Diana"

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